Growth modeling of the giant electric ray narcine entemedor in the southern gulf of california: Analyzing the uncertainty of three data sets

Pablo Mora-Zamacona, Felipe N. Melo-Barrera, Víctor H. Cruz-Escalona, Andrés F. Navia, Enrique Morales-Bojórquez, Xchel A. Pérez-Palafox, Paola A. Mejía-Falla

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Abstract

The age and growth rate of the giant electric ray, Narcine entemedor, was estimated using growth bands deposited in the vertebral centra of 245 specimens. Differences in size and age distribution were found between the sexes, a pattern that suggests the annual deposition of band pairs, possibly occurring in April. Multimodel inference and back-calculation were performed to three age data sets of females considering their reproductive cycle and time of capture, among which the von Bertalanffy growth function was found to be the most appropriate (L = 81.87 cm TL, k = 0.17 year−1 ). Our research supports the idea that age can be determined via biological features such as birth date and growth band periodicity. We concluded that N. entemedor is of a moderate body size, moderate longevity and is a fast-growing elasmobranch species.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalAnimals
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Artisanal fisheries
  • Back-calculation
  • Elasmobranchs
  • Individual growth modelling
  • Multimodel inference

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